Images by Aparat Photography.
We have another beautiful fusion wedding to share with you from the incomparable Poundon House. Zaraf & Fatima had a Civil ceremony at this Oxfordshire wedding venue but chose to embrace both the East & West in their truly bespoke celebrations.
Once again the fashion is to-die-for (the bride made her own dress people!) and the colours are utterly delicious.
I’ll hand you over to the very beautiful bride…
Notes from the Bride
Zaraf proposed to me by sneaking a ring into a box of Charbonnel et Walker chocolates on my birthday. Total surprise and a sweet touch because he used to buy those for me when we first got together. Apparently he had been planning it for a while – he found an ethical jeweller (as he knows that is important to me) and designed the ring himself! I’m not a fan of traditional engagement rings so the stone was a beautiful star sapphire, surrounded by small diamonds. I hadn’t, and still haven’t, seen a ring quite like it. The very same chocolate box was used to carry our rings on the wedding day!
We wanted a really fun wedding with everyone we really love. Family had travelled from all over the world – America, Canada, Pakistan, Bangladesh – so we just wanted them all to let their hair down and enjoy themselves. At the same time, we wanted it to be true to us and to the things we really like. Poundon House was the perfect venue choice because it’s absolutely stunning, but a home away from home. They’re so willing to help you plan a wedding tailored to you – with your own caterers and your vision. Just a joy to work with. Poundon House has a beautiful marquee, but you’re free to style it as you want.
Images by Matt Horan Photography.
I could not love this wedding more. The colours, the fashion, the love. It has everything!
Mita & Nathan chose Poundon House for their English & Indian fusion wedding and it was perfect. With a stylish wedding ceremony in their Yellow Room and an outdoor traditional Hindu ceremony, this venue was the perfect exclusive-use country house for this gorgeous celebration!
Notes from the Bride
Nathan and I got married at the beautiful Poundon House in Oxfordshire. The family run Country House is set in private grounds boasting amazing views of the Oxfordshire countryside. There were so many reasons why we chose Poundon House; it is a stunning property and expertly run by a lovely family. Despite its grand nature it always felt intimate and welcoming, like you were staying in a family home and Esmond and his family were amazingly accommodating.
It was the first venue we looked at and we simply fell in love with its charm and history. The venue definitely gave us the stunning backdrop and ‘wow’ factor we wanted and provided the perfect “English Country” setting to our colourful fusion wedding.
As we were having two ceremonies, one of the key factors was to find a venue which would allow us exclusive use from the early morning to the late evening. Poundon House provided us with exclusive use for the whole weekend, which was amazing. Our wedding felt like a true escape. Poundon House offered a range of possibilities for your wedding day, each part of the house and grounds is a perfect as the next so it enabled us to plan our day to maximise the space.
We decided to use their Yellow Room for the civil ceremony, as we wanted to our guests to enjoy the vintage charm of the house from inside. This was followed by an afternoon tea in the marquee whilst we prepared for the Hindu ceremony that took place on the patio outside with the countryside as our backdrop. We used the lawn and water fountain area to host the champagne reception and everyone finally moved back to the marquee for the Wedding Breakfast.
With our wedding being a fusion between Indian and English cultures we were in a fortunate position where we could be quite selective with the style of wedding we wanted. We both like to be a bit different where we can so we didn’t really stick to a particular style but we wanted the elegance and charm of an English wedding with the colours and exuberance of Indian weddings. As much as we could we mixed the two elements together, such as our afternoon tea where, along with the more traditional items, we served sandwiches with cheese and chutney, masala tea and a spiced sticky toffee and date cake. We both love a great party and we wanted ours to have a sophisticated edge so I chose a dress that would look just as suitable for the red carpet as a wedding, the groomsmen wore black tie and Nathan changed in to a tuxedo in the evening.
Image by Eneka Stewart Photography.
Poundon House in Oxfordshire is a beautiful Queen Ann style house that welcomes the most wonderful weddings. Situated in open countryside and with far-reaching views towards Waddesdon it’s an idyllic location.
As Poundon is a family owned house, there’s a warm atmosphere and a laid back nature. The team know exactly what to do when it comes to weddings & events and are more than experienced with how the house works having hosted parties and gatherings for over ten years. But there’s another, rather wonderful, side to the house that I’d like to share with you today – The Retreats.
Well-being is such a focus for us all, whether you’re an over-stressed bride-to-be, a wedding supplier at the end of another manic season or someone who finds it a little hard to switch off from the noise that surrounds us on a daily basis, then stop… Just stop for a moment and read all about how sisters Alicia & Natalie could relax, refresh and recharge your batteries.
Winter Glow is a unique experience with Hygge vibes happening 3rd – 5th February 2017, here’s Alicia with some more info…
winter Glow – 3rd to 5th february 2017
When I was a lawyer in the City, yoga was a wonderful escape from corporate life. Now it is my way of life and I am lucky enough to be able to open my family home to a cornucopia of yoga teachers and retreat companies.
Back in 2012 I left behind the greyness of the legal world for the colour of the wellbeing life and returned home to set up the yoga retreats side of Poundon House – our family business – an exclusive private country house venue in Oxfordshire. Poundon comes alive as a wedding venue over the summer months but we wanted to make the most of it outside of the wedding season and, having grown up there, I knew it was an ideal location for yoga retreats and well-being events.
Four years on, I like to think that we have turned Poundon into a vibrant destination yoga venue. And last summer, my sister Natalie and I went one step further and established our own retreats company (appropriately called ‘&SISTER’) that allows us to put our own special touches on the retreats that we host at the house. We take the passing of the seasons as the focus for the themes of our retreat and tie that in with the bucolic surroundings of Poundon. We are so lucky that our countryside location allows nature to provide the perfect backdrop to each of our events.
Feature image courtesy of Poundon House.
This charming Edwardian-era country house, set within beautifully landscaped grounds, has been lovingly restored to its original splendour. This Oxfordshire gem features nine bedrooms, three large reception rooms, a handsome library and an intimate wood-paneled study.
Poundon House is privately owned and the family have held three weddings of their own at the house, so they really know what’s involved in planning your wedding and offer such flexibility, always trying to accommodate all your wishes, making each wedding very different.
The venue is holding a Wedding Open Day tomorrow – Saturday 11th June – and you can find full details in our Event Diary. But before you hop in the car, take a little peek inside and learn a bit more about this house.
Let’s begin the tour with a little history lesson shall we…?
Notes from Poundon House
Images by Eneka Stewart.
Rebecca & Benjamin chose Poundon House for their summer marquee wedding, complete with beautiful blooms, gin favours, lots of love and a chicken or two!
All of these shenanigans were beautifully captured by Eneka Stewart Photography.
Notes from the Bride
We went to their next open day and immediately fell in love. It was the second venue and the last venue that we viewed.
My Maid of Honour and I went to Sin City itself for a real Bachelorette send off into married life and whilst we were there I purchased my wedding shoes from Christian Louboutin, The Forum at Caesers Palace. I mean why not?!
Being a busty Bride, visible cleavage was no no! The Justin Alexander gown that I chose gave me the perfect coverage but still with the satin sweetheart neckline underneath. The full lace gown with satin underlay and chocolate box bow fit perfectly with the classic look we were going for.
When it came to accessories less was more, the dress said all it needed to on its own. I wore a long chain Pandora heart locket that my husband bought me as a gift on the day, I attached Ben’s Grandmas wedding band and a ring that my Nana had bought me when I was 13 to represent the two of them who could not be with us on the day.